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India's Elephantine Effort
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India's Elephantine Effort

An ambitious biometric ID project in the world's second most populous nation aims to relieve poverty, but faces many hurdles.

The Touchy Subject of Haptics
From Communications of the ACM

The Touchy Subject of Haptics

After more than 20 years of research and development, are haptic interfaces finally getting ready to enter the computing mainstream?

Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off
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Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off

The easiest way to sum up the Web in 2010 is that it was a year of growth. The big got bigger and smaller companies came out of the woodwork with new plays on...

Your Apps Are Watching You
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Your Apps Are Watching You

A WSJ Investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users.

Monitoring America
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Monitoring America

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans,...

From ACM News

The Clock Is Ticking on Encryption

Today's secure cipher-text may be tomorrow's open book.

Congress Hears Wikileaks Is 'fundamentally Different' From Media
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Congress Hears Wikileaks Is 'fundamentally Different' From Media

The Justice Department would have no problem distinguishing WikiLeaks from traditional media outlets, if it decides to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange...

Tracking Trick Shows the Web Where You Are
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Tracking Trick Shows the Web Where You Are

A new technique from Microsoft Research Silicon Valley could be used to target advertising to users' surroundings without their knowledge.

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Obama Administration Calls For 'privacy Bill of Rights'

The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies...

From ACM TechNews

Internet Community Incensed at 'government Only' Internet Governance Review

The U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development is creating a Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum. The move has raised...

From ACM News

U.s. Tries to Build Case For Conspiracy By Wikileaks

Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents...

10 Ways a Digital Big Brother Can Be Good For You
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10 Ways a Digital Big Brother Can Be Good For You

The opening passage from George Orwell's "1984" depicts a guy hustling up a stairwell that's plastered with giant posters of a man's face staring at him.

From ACM News

Appeals Court Holds Email Privacy Protected By Fourth Amendment

In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search...

From ACM TechNews

Senator Proposes Cybersecurity Standards

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced legislation that requires top government officials to determine whether it would be cost effective to mandate that Internet...

WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones
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WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones

Black Friday has passed, but the holidays are upon us and shopping days are increasingly few. Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that tiny emirate...

The Shadow War
From ACM News

The Shadow War

Someone is killing Iran’s nuclear scientists. But a computer worm may be the scarier threat.

Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites

Search giant displays its own health, shopping, local content ahead of links to competing sites.

Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data
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Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data

Almost two years ago, President Obama pledged $19 billion in stimulus incentives to help convert the nation’s doctors and hospitals to using a paperless system...

­.S. Government, Businesses Are Poorly Prepared for Cyber Attacks, Experts Say at AAAS
From ACM News

­.S. Government, Businesses Are Poorly Prepared for Cyber Attacks, Experts Say at AAAS

The United States is ill-prepared to defend its vital infrastructure against a cyber attack, a former top cybersecurity official said during a recent panel discussion...

Umd Launches Maryland Cybersecurity Center
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Umd Launches Maryland Cybersecurity Center

The path to assuring the security of vital cyber networks lies in interdisciplinary collaboration of IT and legal, policy, business and behavioral experts, co-director...
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